The Friends of Lake Sonoma welcomes you!

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is a cadre of volunteers that supports the interpretive and educational programs managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sonoma.  Due to federal budget shortfalls, we also provide funding to help maintain the park and keep key facilities -- including the Milt Brandt Visitors Center -- open to public access.  We welcome your help -- financially through monetary and in-kind donations or through your service as a park volunteer! 

The Ranch at Lake Sonoma's trail rides are all the rage

The Ranch at Lake Sonoma is up and running -- and seeing Lake Sonoma on horseback is just fantastic.  The views are splendid and the experience is first-class. For a really unique trailride, schedule a Park Ranger Guided Tour.  Be sure to bring your camera.  This is an opportunity to see the park like you've never seen it before! Check out the details at or just click here to be redirected to the ranch's website.

Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival is February 10!

It's a perfect 10.  The 10th Annual Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival will be held Saturday, Feb. 10 (2018) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma.  You don't want to miss this fantastic, FREE event! For a brief preview of all the action, click here to see a video.  Thanks to our friends at the Sonoma County Water Agency, who filmed the day's fun.


Milt Brandt Visitors Center

The Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma is now open daily!  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Friends of Lake Sonoma is looking for volunteers to help staff the center and give fish hatchery tours during the Steelhead Run, which is January through April.  If you can help, contact us at 

Sooooie! Pig hunting season is here!

The annual Lake Sonoma pig hunting season starts November 17 and runs through March 24, 2018.  Hunters are limited to archery and crossbow (no guns!) and hunting is self-guided in specific areas of the Lake Sonoma Recreation Area.  Special permits are required and all hunters must have a valid drivers license, a current California hunting license and pig tags.  For full details, click here and you will be directed to the Lake Sonoma Hunting page on this website.

Board of Directors

Linda Clapp, chairman

Rich Thomas, vice chairman

Tony Pettis, treasurer

Mark Thayer, secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Nikki Baxes, Harry Bosworth, Joe Brandt, Jayson Collard, John Granatir, Rick Herbert, Donna Meier, Brad Sherwood, Kasey Wade and Burrell Wyle.


Directors Emeritus:  Gordon Amrein, Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield

Tax Status

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is recognized as a non-profit cooperative association under section 501 (c) 3 of the United State Internal Revenue Service tax code.  Our tax identification number is 94-2260679.  We operate on a fiscal year from January 1 to December 31.  Monetary and in-kind donations to the Friends of Lake Sonoma are considered to be tax deductible, unless limited by law.


The Friends of Lake Sonoma relies on strong partnerships with key govenmental agencies and businesses, including:

United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

Sonoma County Water Agency

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

National Environmental Education & Training Foundation

Toyota Motor Sales USA

Back Country Horsemen of California -- North Bay Chapter

Bike Monkey

Sonoma County Bowmen

United Flyers of Sonoma County

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley




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